Reports & Publications

(December 2011) — In 2009, the Obama administration pledged to reform the immigration detention system. However, the administration has failed to uphold its commitment and the human rights crisis confronting immigrant men, women, and children in government custody continues.

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(August 2011) — Sexual violence is pervasive in America’s prisons and jails. Congress took an important step to prevent sexual abuse in prison when it passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which set a “zero-tolerance standard” for prison rape and created guidelines to hold correctional facilities accountable for protecting inmates. But the Obama administration refuses to apply these...

(December 2010) — The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not meet its deadline in 2010 to create a national alternatives-to-detention (ATD) plan that would help make the U.S. immigration system more humane and cost-effective. Instead, the agency detained record numbers of people in fi scal year 2010 and is making plans to build new detention centers...

(October 2010) — The right to seek asylum from persecution is a fundamental and long-recognized human right. The United States committed to protecting refugees in 1967 when it signed the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees and later enacted legislation to incorporate the Protocol’s key provisions into domestic law. Despite these commitments, in 1996 Congress enacted a filing deadline...

(October 2010) — On the first anniversary of the Obama administration’s pledge to overhaul the immigration detention system, including improving human rights conditions for detained immigrants, a report card by a coalition of rights groups shows no significant improvements for the approximately 32,000 immigrants held in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs...